Two postal employees appeared in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt in separate cases yesterday, with one pleading guilty to filing a false bankruptcy claim against his boss and another accused of stealing checks from the mail.
A grand jury indicted George E. Mozee, 46, of Bowie on charges of bank fraud in the theft of personal checks from the mail.
Prosecutors accused Mozee, a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, of stealing boxes of personal checks from the mail in the Lamond Riggs Station post office in Washington from July 2004 until August 2005.
Prosecutors said the boxes of stolen checks were sent to four other people who used the checks to create false identity documents.
Mozee could receive up to 30 years in prison.
Another former postal employee, Gregory I. Armstrong, 43, of Severn pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud arising from false filings of involuntary bankruptcy petitions against his boss in retaliation for a poor performance letter.
Armstrong was an employee at the Capitol Heights distribution center, sorting and delivering mail.
The supervisor's mortgage company became aware of the bankruptcy petitions and took steps to foreclose on his home. After conducting hearings, the bankruptcy court dismissed the petition and referred the matter to the U.S. attorney for prosecution.